Despite Brexit... UK in France: Official Reception of Charles III at Versailles [Photos]
At the end of the first day of their visit to France, King of the United Kingdom Charles and Queen Camilla joined French and British dignitaries and celebrities at a gala concert at the Palace of Versailles, as reported by Daily Mail.
They became honoured guests at a glittering state banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles at the end of their eventful first day of their first state visit to France.
The reception included high-profile invitees to celebrate their 'contribution to UK-France relations,' including Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger and actor Hugh Grant, among 160 guests addressed by King Charles and President Macron in their speeches on Wednesday evening.
The King of the United Kingdom, like at the French Senate, spoke in French.
"Your generosity of spirit recalls how moved my family and I were by the tribute paid to my late mother, the Queen, whose funeral took place a year ago, here in France. Mr. President, among many deeply moving gestures that have been made here, the hoisting of the Union flag at the Elysée Palace was particularly touching," he addressed the President of France.
Queen Camilla sparkled with diamonds and sapphires, and King Charles remarked that their meeting in France was 'magnificent.'
The King also noted that relations between Great Britain and France have not always been 'equal,' but continued to emphasize unity between nations.
Charles also emphasized the importance of UK-France cooperation in combating climate change.
President Macron, in turn, added that France and Britain would respond to the challenges of the modern world, despite the tensions caused by Brexit.
"Despite Brexit... I know, Your Majesty, that we will continue to write together a part of the future of our continent, to face challenges and serve common causes," Macron said in a toast.
He called this visit 'a tribute to our past... and a guarantee of our future.'
It appears that the royal couple strengthened British-French relations at the state banquet.
Guests enjoyed a grand dinner at the palace.